In a series of three Saturday morning online presentations, Dr. Philip Cave, associate conductor for Chapel Music, explores notable pieces of sacred music. The presentations place the music in its context, and examine its construction and musical language, so as to enrich the listener's experience of it. This session focuses on music of Advent and Christmas.
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Dr. Cave will present and comment on music of "The O-Antiphons." These ancient, prophetic texts were originally sung each day at Vespers during the last week of Advent. Each begins with a salutation using names given to the Messiah in the Old Testament: Wisdom, Lord of Israel, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Radiant Dawn, King of All Nations, and Emmanuel. Dr. Cave will focus on the first of these, "O Sapientia" in Latin, with music from ancient plainsong to music from this century. Composers include Robert Ramsey, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Healey Willan, Bob Chilcott, and Nico Muhly. The session will also include Chirstmas music by Michael Praetorius, Philippe Rogier, Johannes Brahms, Herbert Howells and others.